Quantic Dream CEOs Win Libel Lawsuit In opposition to French Newspaper
Quantic Dream‘s joint CEOs David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière have efficiently sued French newspaper Le Monde for libel following the publication of an article containing allegations of a poisonous work setting. In line with a report by French union Solidaires Informatique, as translated by Eurogamer, Le Monde misplaced the case as a result of they had been unable to show a number of the allegations with out revealing the id of their nameless sources.
Whereas the pair received their case towards Le Monde as people, the same libel case towards one other newspaper, Mediapart, was unsuccessful. Apparently, Quantic Dream tried to sue each newspapers as an organization too, however each of those libel circumstances had been additionally unsuccessful. This implies the courtroom felt the allegations printed by each papers towards Quantic Dream could possibly be confirmed, as may Mediapart’s allegations towards David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière.
The story started in 2018 when the 2 newspapers, alongside a 3rd outlet Canard PC, printed tales a few poisonous work setting at Quantic Dream. The studio was accused of sexual harassment and different misconduct in the direction of their workers. David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière had been singled out for demanding exceptionally lengthy hours from his workers, in addition to inappropriate remarks that included homophobic and racist jokes. Cage denied the allegations in a tone-deaf assertion, whereas Quantic Dream additionally denied every part, calling the articles a “smear marketing campaign.”
The libel circumstances started shortly after. Regardless of the corporate’s denials, Paris Council launched their very own investigation into the “poisonous company tradition of Quantic Dream” and the corporate’s public funding. Sport Staff Unite teamed up with Solidaires Informatique to research the claims of sexual harassment. The developer then misplaced an employment case towards a former worker who had give up the corporate after offensive Photoshopped photographs of workers had been circulated amongst Quantic Dream’s workers. A labor tribunal additionally discovered them responsible of not fulfilling safety obligations in the direction of workers by failing to deal with the poisonous work setting allegations.
Quantic Dream did have some success defending itself, although. The developer then claimed the majority of the ex-employees’ requests within the labor tribunal had been denied and later accused French web sites of private bias of their reporting of the case. Earlier this 12 months, the Paris Courtroom of Appeals dismissed extra claims towards the corporate from one other former worker. With allegations and complaints of defamation nonetheless being thrown round—not solely on the firm however throughout the broader video video games trade—it’s unlikely this would be the final we hear of the state of affairs.